Interview with Dr. Glen Swartwout

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
It is neither the joy, the wonder of discovery, nor the simple act of being heard and understood, but the sum which exceeds the parts, to be a conduit for the collected gems of nature, turned in the sunlit hand, and the glinting childlike joy of appreciating such divine gifts in the eyes of another. Thou they may not be seen, those eyes are surely felt, not so much in the reading, but with full anticipation, in the creative act of written expression.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Kudos. Your mission is an inspired service to writers. As C.S. Lewis said, we write to know that we are not alone. We live in a hyper connected, yet often lonely, digital age. Praise be that we can make use of that challenge by grasping the opportunity to share, be it no locally with our soul tribe. We write that our words may reach the Heaven of another's heart.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I am now deep in writing my next book, which I expect to be my masterwork, at least in the sense of its scope. I am incorporating my clinical models of accelerated self healing of body and soul into a grand cosmic and theological model or practical theory of practically everything. I love how natural law continually engages us in its mysteries, unfolding layer upon layer of meaningful relationships, leading us on the path to greater understanding and Sophia, wisdom.
When did you first start writing?
As a grade school student I fell in love with the simple beauty of the haiku form. This developed into a general affinity for poetry and ultimately even poetic prose.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I thoroughly enjoy the God given autonomy of the personal quest, in this case for the structuring of my own developing body of knowledge. As a contextual or relational thinker, I tend to always want to break out of any box, especially if a rule of law is laid down by man upon man. Enough for me are the challenges of discerning the Divine Lawgiver's hand in this maze of life. The few books I have collaborated on with more conventional publishing methods have been worthy projects, to be sure, but when I am constrained by a remote editor to withhold information, thoughts I feel compelled to share for the common good, I strain at the bit for the freedom of open air.
What are you working on next?
My theory of everything is the stage for all that follows... A university to research the questions too large for most to approach. A creative and autonomous culture of healing, growth and abundance. A calling and will to serve Divine Will. Also, a compilation of a life's poems...
What do your fans mean to you?
Spiritual children, spiritual brothers, sisters, and more teachers yet to be met in flesh, or perhaps not until we meet in spirit. Nevertheless, family are we, and closer still when we share the intimacy of our minds.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in upstate New York, spending the summer of my early years at Glen Royal, my great grandfather's summer home overlooking Burden Lake. In my student years through high school, that summer communion with nature was enjoyed at The Lodge, a remote and cozy cabin tucked in the tall, whispering pines near the 90 foot Barberville Falls. When I studied Earth Sciences at Dartmouth, I learned how Snake Hill that loomed with cliffs of quartz above our Lodge was the meeting place of continents, a proto Europe and America, where a proto Atlantic Ocean had disappeared into the upfolding of the Appalachian mountains. I still live in awe and fascination with the endless beauty and patterns in nature.
Who are your favorite authors?
My favorites are the intrepid explorers of the outlying lands of nonfiction held as fiction by those who would keep the doors of perception closed, even locked. I always appreciate reference works of broad scope and utilitarian combination of both depth and simplicity. As Einstein said, a model should be as simple as possible... And no simpler!
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Often it is my research and writing. Or when I am immersed in nature, my other sanctuary, it is my morning ritual to intentionally lie awake in free contemplation of the day until my body rises without a direct act of the will.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Often it is either healing, teaching or pitting myself against the elements of nature, as I describe in my introductory book The Shire: Glendalf's Guide to Cultivating Your Future Self.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I search a topic of special interest and download all the samples! I read each one, taking digital notes - I love it! When I find that special read that begs to be completed, I pray and grace finds a way...
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I remember writing an award winning short story in 8th grade about a cyber commuter. At the time, it was pure science fiction, but now could be called prophetic. I have always held a special interior connection with the future - my own as it keeps turning out, as well as a deep personal ecology with the absolute nonlocal, the transcendent. Perhaps it is also related to my empathic distance healing work, and other facets of my life that to me seem so right and normal, though they may defy the norms of the time and culture.
What is your writing process?
I am a collector. As a child, I would get waylaid picking up each fascinating rock and pebble. Look at the stripe on this one! Now I like to lay out and share my collections of ideas. My prayer is that my readers will find among them gems of their own liking and utility.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Kervran's Biological Transmutation of the Elements because it shows how little we still know of life.
Tolkien, because he weaves a richly textured cloth with meaning embedded as much in context as content.
Aquinas, because he dives head first into every deep pool of contemplation.
Spitler's Syntonic Principle, because he was and is so far ahead of the times.
That book I once saw and must find again... A theory of everything tome that lived up to its claim.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first story book I remember is a children's picture book on the early life of Christ. I remember being fascinated with the concept uniting God and man, and asking my mother what must have seemed a potentially infinite stream of questions. Most of all, I remember her last answer, about what Jesus was like as a child my age. With great maternal wisdom she answered simply. I am sure he asked a lot of good questions, just like you! Thanks, Mom! You got me good with that one.
What do you read for pleasure?
Nonfiction, mostly on natural health and spirituality.
How do you approach cover design?
I love working on my own artwork, despite the limitations of doing it with the constraints of living with a vow of poverty. Still, the real richness in life seems to come along with active participation.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Ipad
Describe your desk
It is itinerant... Wherever I may be.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I love to give my books away. Yes, please do ask!
Published 2013-08-29.
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Books by This Author

The Living Universe: A Fractal Hologram
Series: Spirit Matters, II. Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 31,350. Language: English. Published: February 1, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Philosophy » Metaphysics, Nonfiction » Inspiration » Spiritual inspiration
By Glen Swartwout The universe is a fully self-coherent fractal holographic creation made in the image of its creator. It is alive and conscious because it is the projection of that living conscious source. Its fractal design is cellular all the way up and all the way down. We are literally cells in God's body.
As Above So Below...
Series: Spirit Matters, I. Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 36,370. Language: English. Published: February 1, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Philosophy » Mind & Body, Nonfiction » Science and Nature » Life Sciences / Biophysics
By Glen Swartwout As Above So Below... is a journey through the cosmos, inner and outer. 'Dr. Glen' takes us on a search for the ultimate meaning of the creation, life, consciousness and eternity. His Clinical Theory of Everything brings accelerated self-healing into context with our cosmic inheritance as well as the infinitessimal world of the quantum which plays center stage in healing.
Anima Medica: Vis Medicatrix Naturae, Volume II
Series: Accelerated Self Healing, II. Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 83,990. Language: English. Published: March 15, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Healing, Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Medicine
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Anima Medica, meaning the soul of medicine, covers the Spirit Minerals, Flower Essences, Homeopathy, Color Therapy, Infrared Therapy, and Electromagnetic Frequencies. A companion to Materia Medica, this two volume set synthesizes Dr. Glen Swartwout's healing vision for mending the Cartesian divide of body and spirit. Both works are about Vis Medicatrix Naturae, the healing power of nature.
Dry Eye Relief
Series: Natural Vision & Eye Care, V. Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 13,030. Language: English. Published: March 15, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Vision, Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Diseases
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By Glen Swartwout The surface of the eye is the most exposed aqueous medium in the human body. It is also the most sensitive nerve center. The tears depend on coordination of aqueous, lipid and protein components to maintain comfort and efficiency of health of the cornea as the first optical medium of our dominant sense, Vision. Dry Eye Relief offers insight into help from natural remedies.
Refreshing Vision: Opening the Windows of the Soul
Series: Natural Vision & Eye Care, I. Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 73,140. Language: English. Published: March 18, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Vision, Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Alternative therapies
By Glen Swartwout Refreshing Vision is a holistic manual for natural vision improvement, including dozens of activities that can be done at home with simple or no materials other than the human bio-body suit through which we experience life on Earth. Dr. Swartwout grew up with a father who helped pioneer behavioral optometry, and who helped him overcome his own visual limitations as a child.
Materia Medica: Vis Medicatrix Naturae
Series: Accelerated Self Healing, I. Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 181,880. Language: English. Published: January 19, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Alternative therapies, Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Healing
(4.50)
By Glen Swartwout Materia Medica is a compendium of natural medicines, both physical and energetic. Even more than that, it is a map of the terrains and methods of what he calls accelerated self healing. This book covers an extensive range of information, and sets it in a unified field paradigm that incorporates the consciousness and the spirit vessel within the scope of its ken.
Nous Energy: Healing Power of the Pyramids
Series: Accelerated Self Healing, IV. Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 18,080. Language: English. Published: January 7, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Healing, Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Personal Growth / General
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By Glen Swartwout An inventor born in Cyprus, who trained in engineering, medicine and law, spent 13 Million dollars figuring out how to measure the energy fields at the Giza pyramids, travelling the world to find another site with the same energy, setting up a manufacturing facility in the Australian desert at just such a spot, and discovering the perfect carrier of that healing ORMUS energy.
The Shire: Glendalf's Guide to Cultivating Your Future Self
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 55,520. Language: English. Published: December 20, 2012 by Dr. Glen Swartwout. Categories: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Personal Growth / General, Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Green living
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By Glen Swartwout The Shire is a real place, and it really is in Middle-earth, on the verdant slopes of the most active volcano on the planet. This book is the visionary founder's introduction to the magic and mystery of the location and the potent elemental energies it brings to life. Glendalf offers an insightful look at some of the follies of modern culture, and solutions from Elven science.
Healing Glaucoma
Series: Natural Vision & Eye Care, II. Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 33,640. Language: English. Published: December 13, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Diseases / nervous system (incl. brain), Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Vision
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By Glen Swartwout This is expanded from the earlier classic treatment on natural medicine for Healing Glaucoma. Extensive additions make this book even more useful for both the self-healer or caregiver as well as any holistic physician interested in knowing more about the myriad possibilities for correcting the underlying causes of glaucoma. The book is now organized by remedy class and causali
Macular Degeneration... ...Macular Regeneration
Series: Natural Vision & Eye Care, III. Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 17,110. Language: English. Published: December 6, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Vision, Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Healthy aging
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By Glen Swartwout This is a detailed manual on how to use natural medicine, from nutrition and botanicals, to homeopathy and color to heal the body's most metabolically active tissue, the macula of the eye. Medical textbooks describe Macular Degeneration as the leading cause of irreversible blindness in our culture, but the methods detailed in this book have helped people to restore vision.
Cataract Solutions: Prevention & Reversal Via Accelerated Self-Healing
Series: Natural Vision & Eye Care, IV. Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 25,660. Language: English. Published: December 5, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Vision, Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Healthy aging
By Glen Swartwout Cataract Solutions: Prevention & Reversal Via Accelerated Self-Healing is a comprehensive guide to the science and art of healing cataracts naturally, using nutrition, herbs, homeopathy and light therapy. This book has been useful to support successful self-healing, as well as being a useful reference guide for caregivers, healers and holistic physicians.
Electromagnetic Pollution Solutions
Series: Accelerated Self Healing, III. Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 24,180. Language: English. Published: November 28, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Medicine, Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Medicine
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By Glen Swartwout The third edition of the classic self-help manual subtitled "What You Can Do To Keep Your Home & Workplace Safe: Exposes the Hidden Dangers In Your Everyday Environment" and emphasizes the simple solutions that he has implemented with hundreds of patients around the globe. He shares insightful clinical vignettes garnished over three decades of pioneering clinical work.